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DCs, SPs to play supervisors

- Assam school board constitutes panels to ensure smooth exams

Jorhat, Feb. 12: Deputy commissioners and superintendents of police will play supervisory roles as a part of fresh measures to ensure smooth conduct of High School Leaving Certificate and High Madrassa examinations, beginning tomorrow.

The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) has constituted district-level supervision committees and sub-divisional committees respectively.

The deputy commissioners, superintendents of police, inspectors of schools (as member-secretaries) with three prominent educationists will form the six-member committee at the district level. At the sub-divisional level, the sub-divisional officers (civil), police, a nominee of the inspector of schools and three educationists will constitute the six-member committee.

SEBA sources said this is for the first time that the board has constituted such committees, which would oversee the process of conducting examinations to make it hassle-free and prevent any kind of goof-up and also prevent candidates from adopting any unfair means.

The board chairman, Vinod Seshan, told The Telegraph today from Guwahati that the board recently directed all the districts and subdivisions to constitute supervision committees. Both the examinations will be held for over a period of over 15 days.

Seshan, who is also the managing director of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan (Assam), said such committees across the state held meetings to discuss and review the preparations being under way at the examination centres.

Earlier, the inspectors of schools in a district used to be directly in charge for conduct of the examinations. The inspectors of schools this time, apart from being the member-secretaries of the panels, will also be the district examination official.

The SEBA chairman said the members would visit the centres during the examination days and hold meetings, if necessary, during the examination period and take instant decisions to ensure smooth conduct of the examinations.

“We have directed the committees to take tough action against those candidates found adopting any unfair means in the examination. The committee members will also look into any slackness shown by invigilators and officials involved in the examination process and report the same to the board,” Seshan said.

The chairman said the committees have been asked to request requisition of police personnel, if required, to be deployed at the examination centres, to maintain law and order on the basis of assessment done locally.

Last year, 3,66,476 students appeared for both the examinations and 2,59,149 were declared successful.

The SEBA last year had come under severe criticism after declaration of the results as there were a large number of complaints of alleged anomalies being committed in the evaluation of answer scripts which led to candidates across Assam securing less marks than what they actually deserved.

Dispur had appointed a one-man committee, headed by noted academician and former principal of Cotton College Dilip Kumar Barua, to probe the irregularities relating to the results.

Higher secondary: Altogether 2,54,860 candidates (in science, arts and commerce streams) across Assam appeared for their Higher Secondary final examinations conducted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council in 792 centres in the state from today.